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Donald E Phillips

March 3, 1942 ~ June 28, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old


Monson-Donald E. Phillips, 81, beloved husband of Katharine (Haley), died peacefully Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at home, surrounded by his family. 

Donald was born in Springfield on March 3, 1942 to the late John F. and Margaret A. (Shiel) Phillips.  He was a graduate of Holy Name School, Cathedral High School (’59) and Boston College (’63). He served in the US Army, honorably discharged in ’65. 

Donald worked for Aetna Life & Casualty and graduated from Western New England College School of Law ‘(73). After passing the Bar Exam, Donald continued  his career at Aetna and The Travelers, retiring as Staff Counsel in the Springfield office. 

Donald loved growing up in Forest Park, Springfield with family and friends and told stories of his childhood until his passing.  He cherished his first job delivering Springfield Republican newspapers and other jobs at Loft’s Candy and Bond Bakery. Donald was devoted to his family and enjoyed World War II history, the Red Sox, Tanglewood, vacations at the Cape, lunch at the White Hut, classic cars, Howard’s Drive-In, lobster rolls, and a good cup of tea.


Donald leaves his loving wife of 52 years, Katharine (Haley) and their children, Christine Phillips, Dan Phillips and wife Andrea Kunder, Kate Laliberte and husband Matt; grandchildren Lizzie, Patrick, and Helen Phillips; sisters-in-law Mary Phillips, Betty Phillips, Maureen Phillips, and Ann Mulligan; brother-in-law David Haley and his wife Judy and many nieces and nephews.  Donald was predeceased by his brother-in-law Jim Mulligan and brothers Jack, Bob, and Bill Phillips, who enjoyed each other’s company immensely.

The family wishes to thank all of the caregivers at Cornerstone at Canton, MA for their care of Donald the past two years. 

Visiting hours will be Wednesday, July 5, 2023 from 5-7pm at Lombard Funeral Home 3 Bridge St. Monson, MA. A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, July 6, 2023 at 10 am at St. Patrick’s Church Monson with burial to follow at Bethany Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Patrick’s Church Restoration Fund or Toy for Joy Fund C/O the Salvation Army. 


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July 5, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Lombard Funeral Home
3 Bridge St
Monson, MA 01057

Funeral Mass
July 6, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Patrick's Church
22 Green St
Monson, MA 01057

July 6, 2023

11:00 AM
Bethany Cemetery
Bethany Road
Monson, MA 01057


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